Ferguson receives excellence award

Dr. Sharon Ferguson, a family medicine physician at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, has been presented with the inaugural Dr. Frank Carter Physician Excellence Award. The award recognizes a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene physician, nominated by peers, in the first 10 years of practicing who exemplifies the character and professional traits that Dr. Frank Carter embodied: dedication, honor, tenacity, courage, conviction and humility.

“Dr. Ferguson’s care for her patients is thorough and focused on trying to solve problems and support individuals in their lives. She looks at the entire person and addresses issues in whatever realm they appear. She brings a demeanor of calm and kindness which sets the tone for colleagues, patients and their families,” shares Dr. Don Caruso, medical director at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.

Carter, who passed away in 2012, was the first primary care physician in a multidisciplinary group practice at the Keene Clinic, joining the clinic in 1960. He is remembered as a compassionate and wise caregiver, always putting his patients and their needs first.

The Carter Fund for Innovation, Education and Excellence was established through a donation in memory of Carter by his sister, Dr. Barbara Carter Moore. A portion of the fund will be used as an honorarium for recipients of award, and the remaining funds will be available for projects and opportunities that enhance and support the medical home model of primary care at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.

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